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This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will offer the participants an introduction into the most important classical sociological readings between the 18th and 20th century. Highly influential social science scholars, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, will be discussed during 8 sessions. Combined with small tests, based on the video’s and recommended readings, the participants will be encouraged to dive deeply into the complex texts and get familiar with classical sociological concepts that are still very relevant today.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Session 1: Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction

In this session the field of classical sociological theory will be introduced. It explains the historical roots of sociology. It shows you why classical sociological theories are still important in modern societies and it explains the Aims and Claims of this Course. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
1.2 Implicit Theories in Everyday Life5m
1.3 What is Sociological Theory?4m
1.4 Founding Fathers5m
1.5 Sociology in the Modern Industrial Age5m
1.6 Linking Classical to Contemporary Theories6m
1.7 The Sociological Theoretical Field6m
1.8 Aims and Claims of this Course5m
Reading3 readings
Welcome note10m
Transcripts10m
Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Classical Sociological Theory - An Introduction20m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Session 2: Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)

This session explains the work of Adam Smith. It shows you how a poem written by Bernard Mandeville inspired Adam Smith. Adam Smith's theory shines light on the consequences of industrialization. You will learn what the consequences are of the Division of Labour....
Reading
7 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
2.2 The Invisible Hand6m
2.3 The Division of Labour5m
2.4 The Wealth of Nations6m
2.5 Exchange and Self-interest5m
2.6 Social Stratification6m
2.7 The Importance of Adam Smith6m
Reading1 readings
Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Adam Smith (1723-1790)20m

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1 hour to complete

Session 3: Auguste Comte (1798-1857)

This session will cover the author of the word “sociology”, August Comte. He often engaged in theorizing the social world in order to attempt to discover invariant laws. Terms like “positivism”, “the law of the three stages” and “Functionalism” are prominent topics in this session. Comte believed that positivism could both advance science (theory) and change the ways people live their lives (practice)....
Reading
8 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
3.2 The Law of the Three Stages of the Human Mind7m
3.3 Sociology as a Means to Establish Social Harmony5m
3.4 The Law of the Classification of Sciences6m
3.5 Religious Thought as Starting Point5m
3.6 Comte’s Religion of Humanity6m
3.7 Early Functionalism5m
3.8 The Importance of Auguste Comte5m
Reading1 readings
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)24m

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1 hour to complete

Session 4: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Tocqueville’s works shaped 19th-century discussions of liberalism and equality, and were rediscovered in the 20th century as sociologists debated the causes and cures of tyranny and revolutions. His famous work “Democracy in America” remains widely read and even more widely quoted. This session will cover Tocqueville’s most important ideas....
Reading
8 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.2 An Aristocratic Perspective6m
4.3 On Democratisation6m
4.4 The Dominance of the Middle-Class5m
4.5 The Dangers of Centralisation5m
4.6 Grassroots Politics as the Heart of Democracy6m
4.7 ‘Revolutions Will Become Rare’5m
4.8 Tocqueville’s Predictions5m
Reading1 readings
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)24m

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1 hour to complete

Session 5: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

The German philosopher, radical economist, and revolutionary leader Karl Marx founded modern "scientific" socialism. His basic ideas, known as Marxism, form the foundation of socialist and communist movements throughout the world. Several topics like alienation, class struggle, and capitalism will be covered in this week's session....
Reading
8 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
5.2 Economic Chains of Interdependency6m
5.3 Homo Faber6m
5.4 Alienation6m
5.5 Class Struggle6m
5.6 Caught in the Capitalist System6m
5.7 Class Consciousness5m
5.8 Marx’s Predictions5m
Reading1 readings
Karl Marx (1818-1883)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Karl Marx (1818-1883)22m

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1 hour to complete

Session 6: Émile Durkheim (1858-1917)

When thinking of Durkheim, one thinks of social facts. According to Durkheim these social facts are the social structures and cultural norms and values that are external to, and coercive over, individuals. Durkheim argues that two social facts, in particular, influence suicide rates: integration, and regulation. This session will cover the views of Durkheim on topics like solidarity, suicide, and religion....
Reading
8 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
6.2 Mechanic and Organic Solidarity6m
6.3 Social Facts7m
6.4 Suicide, a Sociological Study6m
6.5 Egoistic and Altruistic Suicide5m
6.6 Anomic and Fatalistic Suicide6m
6.7 The Elementary Forms of Religious Life6m
6.8 The Social Functions of Religion6m
Reading1 readings
Émile Durkheim (1858-1917)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Émile Durkheim (1858-1917)24m

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1 hour to complete

Session 7: Max Weber (1864-1920)

This week shines a light on the work of Max Weber. From social action, verstehen, and ideal types to rationalisation and his famous work on the Protestant Ethic. Weber's theory of society tried to account for the manner in which various symbolic factors take part in establishing social status, stratification and inequality. His influence still runs throughout the realms of politics, religion and economics....
Reading
8 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
7.2 Understanding Social Action7m
7.3 The Ideal Type6m
7.4 Methodological Individualism6m
7.5 The Four Ideal Types of Social Action6m
7.6 The Three Ideal Types of Authority5m
7.7 Rationalisation5m
7.8 The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism6m
Reading1 readings
Max Weber (1864-1920)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Max Weber (1864-1920)24m

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1 hour to complete

Session 8: Norbert Elias (1897-1990)

Elias is the last of the Classical Sociologists. Elias' theory focusses on long term trends, with his so called process or figurational sociology. He shows us how the civilisation proces can be explained in terms like Self-Constraint and Figurations. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
8.2 Introduction to the Civilizing Process6m
8.3 The Social Constraint Towards Self-Constraint8m
8.4 The Conditions of Civilisation6m
8.5 The Importance of Norbert Elias6m
8.6 A Base for Contemporary Studies7m
8.7 Figurational Processes6m
8.8 Classical Sociological Theories: a Focus on Long Term Trends6m
Reading1 readings
Norbert Elias (1897-1990)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Norbert Elias (1897-1990)22m
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3 hours to complete

Classical Sociological Theory Final Test

This is the final test. This test contains 87 question. To pass this test you need to answer at least 57 questions correct. ...
Reading
1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Test54m
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By EBFeb 15th 2018

Great course, absolutely loved the teacher and his passion and how he explains difficult notions with so much ease. I would definitely recommend this course, it is a great first look into sociology.

By NKSep 13th 2017

I found it very informative . the course is so captivating that it hold the reader till the end . I hope to enroll more to such courses in future . Waiting for the module on modern sociologists.

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